Question Increase laptop storage dell 3576

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Hi, please help me on THIS:

My laptop dell 3576 intel core i3 processor. 1tb hdd 4gb ram. It has cd disk thing which i never use. Can i upgrade my storage capacity ? As i have lots of files. I need some more space.

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Dell Inspiron 15-3576 Core i3 8th Gen
15.6" Full HD Laptop With Genuine Win
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geofelt

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Do you have a budget?

If you need more than 1tb, My suggestion is to buy a 2tb 2.5" sata ssd replacement drive.

First of all, you will be amazed at how much quicker your laptop will feel.
The idea is to clone your current C drive to the ssd and replace the HDD.
To do this, buy a usb to sata adapter cable, about $10.
For example:
https://www.newegg.com/p/36F-00MF-00007?Item=9SIAPY9DRZ6180&Description=sata to usb cable&cm_re=sata_to usb cable-_-9SIAPY9DRZ6180-_-Product&quicklink=true
When the clone is done, replace the HDD and keep it as backup.
A utility like Macrium reflect can do that.

I have more experience using the samsung ssd migration aid:
App and instructions here:
The app only works with a samsung ssd.
Here is a 2tb Samsung 870 EVO for about $200
https://www.newegg.com/samsung-2tb-870-evo-series/p/N82E16820147794?quicklink=true
The slower Samsung 2tb QVO is a bit cheaper at $175:
https://www.newegg.com/samsung-2tb-870-qvo-series/p/N82E16820147782
It turns out that a 2tb laptop HDD is about $180, making the change to a ssd well worth it.
Copying 1tb to a device via usb connection will take perhaps 3 hours; be patient.
 
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Do you have a budget?

If you need more than 1tb, My suggestion is to buy a 2tb 2.5" sata ssd replacement drive.

First of all, you will be amazed at how much quicker your laptop will feel.
The idea is to clone your current C drive to the ssd and replace the HDD.
To do this, buy a usb to sata adapter cable, about $10.
When the clone is done, replace the HDD and keep it as backup.
A utility like Macrium reflect can do that.

I have more experience using the samsung ssd migration aid:
App and instructions here:
The app only works with a samsung ssd.
Here is a 2tb Samsung 870 EVO for about $200
https://www.newegg.com/samsung-2tb-870-evo-series/p/N82E16820147794?quicklink=true
The slower Samsung 2tb QVO is a bit cheaper at $175:
https://www.newegg.com/samsung-2tb-870-qvo-series/p/N82E16820147782
It turns out that a 2tb laptop HDD is about $180, making the change to a ssd well worth it.
Copying 1tb to a device via usb connection will take perhaps 3 hours; be patient.
Thanks for suggesting. It's seems like newegg don't support Bangladesh region.
And Bangladesh finding Samsung ssd/hdd is really hard. So i will have to find it in offline store.

Or, do you recommended using any External storage? As i don't need all the data all time. I mean i can keep very old files which i Don't need frequently. I can keep them on External storage .
 

geofelt

Titan
Yes, you could add a 1tb usb connected external device.
That is the simplest and cheapest thing to do.

But, if you have the budget, I strongly recommend that you change your C drive to a 2tb ssd.

Do you have external backup?
Do you value your data?
You could repurpose the HDD for external backup.

I mentioned Samsung for two reasons:
1. Samsung seems to be the best and most reliable ssd out there.
Problems with the windows C drive are best avoided.
2. I have used the samsung migration many times and it has never failed me.
It is trivial to use.
That said, Macrium reflect free edition can also be used. I have used that before, and I felt that there was a bit more of a learning curve.
No doubt others will be able to supply detailed instructions.
 
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change your C drive to a 2tb ssd
It’s possible? I mean if others drive D/E/F stay as right now. Only C drive can be upgradeable from 190gb hdd to 2tb ssd then i can wait sometimes and ask a friend from overseas to send me that mentioned Samsung ssd you suggested.
 

geofelt

Titan
It’s possible? I mean if others drive D/E/F stay as right now. Only C drive can be upgradeable from 190gb hdd to 2tb ssd then i can wait sometimes and ask a friend from overseas to send me that mentioned Samsung ssd you suggested.
This is very easy to do.
I have done this on perhaps a dozen laptops and pc's.
The app moves all Windows drive partitions on the C drive the new ssd.
There are a few restrictions.
For example, the source drive must be sound and logically correct.
The app is a data mover, not a bit for bit clone.
Here is a link to the user manual:
https://semiconductor.samsung.com/resources/user-manual/Samsung_SSD_Data_Migration_User_Manual_English_US_revision_v10.pdf

I might add that 4gb of ram is not good.
You should be able to add ram cheaply.
Dell is not the easiest laptop to open up.
You might to find some youtube posts like this:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XoihKijNmE

You would be replacing the HDD with your freshly cloned ssd.
At the same time you could add some ram.
Run CPU-Z, and look at memory tab.
Buy an upgrade with the exact same specs as you are now using.
 
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This is very easy to do.
I have done this on perhaps a dozen laptops and pc's.
The app moves all Windows drive partitions on the C drive the new ssd.
There are a few restrictions.
For example, the source drive must be sound and logically correct.
The app is a data mover, not a bit for bit clone.
Here is a link to the user manual:
https://semiconductor.samsung.com/resources/user-manual/Samsung_SSD_Data_Migration_User_Manual_English_US_revision_v10.pdf

I might add that 4gb of ram is not good.
You should be able to add ram cheaply.
Dell is not the easiest laptop to open up.
You might to find some youtube posts like this:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XoihKijNmE

You would be replacing the HDD with your freshly cloned ssd.
At the same time you could add some ram.
Run CPU-Z, and look at memory tab.
Buy an upgrade with the exact same specs as you are now using.
well thanks for your reply. i will be needing a expert on this. as i have never open laptop. been using for two years. or maybe i will just buy a new one in 3/5 years i guess. i don't do heavy things in it. just browsing and watching movies. my top priority is to have bigger storage.
i will take your advice carefully now. Thanks for Support.
 

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